Writer’s Quote Wednesday – Carlos Castaneda

Welcome!  This is an open invitation to join in on my blogging event called, Writer’s Quote Wednesday.  This is your chance to highlight your favorite author’s quotes that give inspiration to you as a writer. Do you feel like your writing is getting stale? Are you looking for inspiration to keep writing? Then you have come to right spot!

Be ready to take part with videos and words, photos, and any other media you care to share.  I would love to hear some quotes spoken or even sung! Please make sure and give credit to the author of the quote. If it is an image quote you found on the internet, please say where you found it.

There are no rules to follow.  Either create your own sayings (because after all, we are all writer’s here) or use a quote from a famous author that you find gives you inspiration.  Just make sure that credit is given for other’s work.  You can use Fotoflexer or Picmonkey, or any other program that you wish to make your own images.

Each Wednesday, I will post the prompt and all you have to do is participate! You have from that Wednesday until the following Monday night to post your quotes. That will give me time to do a weekly wrap up and the new quote for the following week.  On Tuesday, I will post a Weekly Recap of the past week’s quotes with links back to your blogs.

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This week, I wanted to share something truly inspirational to me by Carlos Castaneda:


I am a truly positive person and seldom get down in the dumps. Although, I don’t think I am feeling those emotions either today as I write this. Instead, I have had to come to a realization about a family issue that has weighed heavily on me for some time. I will not go into the problem because it is not the problem, but my response to the problem that is worth talking about.

I have let this problem get to me, and frankly it makes me feel terrible that I allow such power to be held over my head. It is crazy that I let things that I cannot change (see my Mindful Monday post) get to me in such a way. Just crazy! And then… I saw this quote:

“We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.”

It came to me in a flash, that it was fine for me to feel whatever it is I feel (disappointment, sadness, rage, etc.) about the issue. Feel it and let it go. I am going to make myself stronger because I think it takes more energy to be miserable! Thank you, Carlos Castaneda, for setting me straight!

Carlos Castaneda was an American author with a Ph.D. in anthropology. Starting with The Teachings of Don Juan in 1968, Castaneda wrote a series of books that describe his training in shamanism, particularly a group that he called the Toltecs. Wikipedia

BornDecember 25, 1925, Cajamarca, Peru

DiedApril 27, 1998, Los Angeles, CA

SpouseFlorinda Donner (m. 1993–1998)

EducationUniversity of California, Los Angeles

Author, Carlos Castaneda

So tell me… WHAT quote inspired you this week?

Remember… Magic appears where you least expect it!

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    1. I think it has something to do with that living in our heads too much of the time. LOL. I am quite upbeat, but human. Every once in a while, something throws me for a loop! 🙂

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  13. My mother always says if you get angry you have two jobs, getting angry and calming down again. Indeed it’s true… Great quote. A very interesting man.

    1. That is true and a fabulous way to look at it Olga. Your mother was wise. Its not anger so much as a sadness that the person will never change. Sad when it is your child. Carlos Castaneda’s quote sure hit home with me. <3

  14. Such a wonderful quote, truly inspiration, so thank you for sharing. I’m a positive person too – in general. I suffer from depression, and have done all my life so it’s a constant battle. But it’s my positive outlook, what I like to think of as the light inside me, that always gets me through. I can completely relate to what you’ve been going through with a problem which consumes and threatens to take over. So the quote helped me too. I’ll take the emotions, set them aside, and deal with it head one. <3

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Mel. I agree with you and I am facing my feeling head on. I cannot change this situation or help, so it best to leave it alone. Have a great day and thanks for making me feel much better. <3

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  16. Fantastic quote Colleen, and I so relate to it. Yesterday, before my yoga class, the instructor asked us to take a piece of paper from a bag and read what we got. Mine was forgiveness.
    It hit home. When reading your post I thought that for us to go from feeling strong instead of miserable, we may need to forgive. Let go.
    Have a beautiful day!

  17. “One drop of blood in the pool
    and all the little fishes sing.”
    (Carmina Piranha by Marie Marshall)

    I love too many quotes to be able to pick. One of my favourites is Frodo’s song from LOTR: “The road goes ever on and on…”

    Another one is Dory, from Nemo: “Just keep swimming…”

              1. Where do you publish? & if you’d like to come and chat about your book(s) in the P’kaboo Book Club some time, pls let me know, we’ll set an event.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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